From T. S. Eliot's "The sea has many voices" to Ralph Waldo Emerson's "I wiped away the weeds and foam, I fetched my sea-born treasures home" and to Robert Louis Stevenson's "And what is the sea? asked Will. "The sea!" cried the miller. "Lord help us all, it is the greatest thing God made." -- all show the love of the sea by poets gone by.
I had forgotten the charm of the ocean. In Longfellow's "The Sound of Sea" he says,
My soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.
It reminds me of Psalm 104, God, how great you are! You stretched out the starry curtain of the heavens, and hollowed out the surface of the earth to form the sea. Can you picture the hand of God hollowing out the sea? The thunderous waves? God made them. The sands? God made every grain. The sea gulls and sand pipers? Yes, God made them.
|Photo by Ray Satterfield|
This God, this great God, is my God. He shelters me with the crashing waves of the sea -- and with the knowledge of His greatness. With the Psalmist I say, Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let us shout His praise.
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Martha Stewart has 28 shell crafts, including several I really liked.
Disney's Family Fun has fun shell crafts to do with the kids.
The Shore Girl has ideas for sea themed cards. Once you are at her blog, do a search for "sea" and you find some other ideas, too.
The Graphics Fairy has some neat printables you can use for cards. Again, do a search for more.
By the Crystal Sea Sheet Music
Melissa and Doug have a whole line of sand toys. Not going to the sea? Use them in the sandbox.